I was born in London and have lived there most of my life. I studied for a law degree at Oxford University but subsequently decided to train to be a secondary school English and Media Studies teacher. I taught in inner London comprehensives until taking early retirement to concentrate on my writing.
During my teaching career, I co-edited and wrote articles for a radical education magazine, edited and produced teaching books and materials for schools' television and edited two books of teaching resources for Hutchinsons. I contributed stories to a publication Teachers as Writers and to Waterfront, a writers' magazine published by Waterman's Art Centre. I also wrote occasional articles for other educational publications including the TES and contributed to broadcasts on Radio 4. In the mid-1980s I wrote a novel, The Lesson, which received some positive feedback. I self-published my second novel, Stony Ground, a few years ago.
I now divide my time between London and an old stone house in South-Western France which I've renovated with my partner. My next novel will be set in London and South-West France.
As well as writing, I'm an avid reader and enjoy walking, cycling, cinema and theatre-going and watching football.